The Quandry

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H.o.p.: Mom, there’s something I want to talk to you about. I have this problem that freaks me out sometimes. It’s about life. Sometimes when I think about life it’s like something I can’t escape. It’s hard to describe. How can I forget about it, mom? Bad mom softly laughs. H.o.p.: And I sometimes get freaked about the earth, too. …

One day…

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H.o.p.(out of the blue starts telling me a story): One day, a mouse was digging in the ground because he wanted to be a paleontologist and a rock star… Ho ho. Because I caught it, he regaled me thereafter with a number of variations. * * * * * * * * We were talking about ecosystems earlier. Me: You …

Bad parenting

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I was in the next room and heard H.o.p. questioning Marty endlessly on something and heard also a note of exasperation entering Marty’s weary voice. Then… Marty: How many times have I told you the answer? Why do you keep asking me that? H.o.p. (with a laconic touch of extremely dry nonchalant humor in his voice): Just testing you. I’m …

H.o.p. asks, "What are they doing advertising things that hurt the earth at a place that’s supposed to help the earth?"

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From when he was knee-high, I’ve been telling H.o.p. about ads. What ads want from you. What they want to sell you. I tell him about the relationship between ads and some of the websites he visits. Like Neopets. I ever remind him that those sites want something from him, which is all the time and interest they can get …

As H.o.p. runs screaming from the room

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On one of the homeschool groups I’m on, an almost-war popped up over home science. One person had written in something about homeschool and science needs and how they were amazed at the materials some people had at home or had easy access to. The person ended the comment with a smiley, which indicates good will and that they weren’t …